David Cameron announces £9m new funding for the Charity Commission over three years
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has announced £9m in new funding for the Charity Commission over the next three years to allow the regulator to streamline lower-risk work and improve its capacity to identify abuse and mismanagement in charities.
The government has also today published the draft Protection of Charities Bill. The legislation, which will give the commission tougher powers to tackle the abuse of charities such as disqualifying people with terrorism convictions from being charity trustees, was announced in the Queen’s Speech in June.
The commission’s budget has declined rapidly in recent years, from £31.7m in 2007/08 to £21.4m in the current year, a near halving of its resources in real terms.
In April William Shawcross, the chair of the commission, described the regulator’s financial situation as “simply unsustainable”.
The new money consists of an additional £1m in general funding for 2015/16, which a statement from the commission says will fund “immediate resource needs in investigations, monitoring and enforcement”, and a further £8m in investment available between now and March 2017.